Goodbye 2020, Hello 2021

December 31, 2020 by

2020 was a year you may not want to remember, but a year you will never forget. To say 2020 was a whirlwind would be an understatement ~ a global pandemic, a monumental election, a racial awakening, and so much more.

This year, New Year’s, like all 2020 holidays, will look a little different. Rather than going out for a wild night on the town with your best friends, you may be staying in, playing games, and having a glass of champagne with your family. But, just because 2020 has an unusual ending, doesn’t mean 2021 has to have a pessimistic beginning. 2021 is a fresh start, so let’s kick it off strong!

Let’s talk about New Year’s Resolutions. If anyone is like me, New Year’s resolutions freak me out! They have the tendency to loom over your, acting as a constant reminder of your alleged failure to reinvent yourself. But in all reality, resolutions should not be stressful. They are simply there to acknowledge things about your life you’d like to reshape. 2020 was a year full of anxiety, so the only 2021 resolutions you should make are stress-free. It’s important that this year, your resolution list is compiled with easy, good-for-you goals. Ditch the resolutions that require really big, extensive changes, and pay attention to making more small, incremental changes that enhance our well-being.

While 2020 was most definitely a rough year for everyone, there was good to come out of it too! We can’t wait to see what 2021 has in store! Here are the SMUStylist’s silver linings of 2020 and resolutions to start 2021 with a bang:

Sophie McGuire

Silver Lining: Being with my family!

New Year’s Resolution: Spread love everywhere I go!

Maddie Noble

Silver Lining: I got to spend more time with my family and got closer with my sister.

New Year’s Resolution: Make a budget and stick to it. I have to make up for all the online shopping during 2020!

Katie Abrams

Silver Lining: Being able to attend my first semester at SMU in person! I am super thankful 🙂

New Year’s Resolution: To shop from ethical brands that value their employees and the environment.

Clementine Marcogliese

Silver Lining: I got to find new hobbies and new interests! I love embroidering t-shirts and sweatshirts!

New Year’s Resolution: I want to continue finding new hobbies and reaching out to new people at SMU! I also want to try new workout spots around Dallas!

Ana Paulo Tirado

Silver Lining: Doing more wholesome activities and learning how to cook!

New Year’s Resolution: Reading and meditating more

Sofia Homs

Silver Lining: I’ve enjoyed focusing on personal growth and finding gratitude through the things I cannot control.

New Year’s Resolution: Be more present and spend quality time with the ones I love.

Julia Fox

Silver Lining: My friendships grew even stronger throughout 2020 and I got to spend (maybe a little too much) time with my family.

New Year’s Resolution: Save up money for a trip abroad after graduation!

Caroline McNaghten

Silver Lining: Being able to take a step back from the fast pace of life and press pause for a bit to focus on my friends and family.

New Year’s Resolution: To be more present and in the moment.

Aubrey Adams

Silver Lining: Finally being able to spend time with my grandparents and my dog!

New Year’s Resolution: Drink at least eight glasses of water a day!

Andrea Gonzalez

Silver Lining: Spending time with my parents and siblings.

New Year’s Resolution: Workout and keep working hard on my academics.

Best wishes in 2021!



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